Rickett's Point on the beachfront in Beaumaris in Melbourne's southeast is the perfect destination on those sunny days that make you feel guilty staying indoors. It is a slice of bayside paradise, with an expanse of beach, numerous rockpools, picnic spots, and a classy café.
It has a 115 hectare sanctuary marine sanctuary providing a haven of aquatic fauna and flora that will fascinate adults and children alike. You can explore the algae-covered rockpools jutting out into the sea for fish, starfish and crustaceans.
Set back from the beach is a picnic area shaded by the canopy of native trees. There are only a few picnic tables, so come prepared with a picnic blanket and foldaway chairs to ensure maximum comfort. There are a few electronic barbecues.
If you prefer to leave the cooking to more professional hands, Rickett's Point Teahouse adjacent to the picnic spots provides indoor and outdoor seating. This teahouse began as a kiosk over fifty years ago, and has been renovated several times since to now cater for 200 people.
It offers a breakfast menu until 12pm and a Devonshire tea after 3pm. The menu includes vegetarian meals and you can easily find something under $20. An ice cream kiosk remains at the entrance to the teahouse. The teahouse opens at 9am most days, and an hour earlier on weekends and public holidays.
Rickett's Point is accessed from Beach Road. There are two large foreshore carparks (paid parking) and further parking spots on Beach Road itself.